from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lavender-plant, Lavandula Spica. See aspic, and oil. of lavender (under lavender).
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My experiment with spike-lavender, naphthaline, and other odours seems to prove that odour proceeds from two sources.
Some contained naphthaline; others the essential oil of spike-lavender; others petroleum, and others a solution of alkaline sulphur giving off a stench of rotten eggs.
In the afternoon the laboratory was filled with the most abominable stench, in which the penetrating aroma of spike-lavender and the stink of sulphuretted hydrogen were predominant.